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Train closes Puyallup Fair’s entertainment lineup

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on April 18, 2012 at 11:18 am with No Comments »
April 18, 2012 11:18 am

The Puyallup Fair announced today that Train will perform there on the fair’s final night, Sept. 23. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m.

Train joins Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, TobyMac, Big Time Rush, Tim McGraw, Jeff Dunham and others in the star-studded lineup.

Train first rose to prominence with their single “Meet Virginia” but shot to chart topping status with “Drops of Jupiter.” After a three year hiatus this three-time Grammy Award winning group is back together. Last year Train lead singer Patrick Monahan performed with Tacoma singer Vicci Martinez on “The Voice.”

Tickets for Train with special guests Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer will go on sale on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. on the Fair website, or by phone 888-559-FAIR (3247), daily, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. PST. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in person at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center box office at 9th Avenue SW and Meridian Street on Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Golden Circle tickets are $65, with other tickets selling at $50 and $30. All are reserved seating, and include Fair gate admission.

More from the press release:

Train started playing as a band in San Francisco back in 1994 at the Mad Dog In The Fog, and quickly learned that the chemistry between Patrick Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar), and Scott Underwood (drums) worked well. While they had a big following in their market, record labels were not beating down their door for them to sign. After recording their own album, Columbia Records reconsidered and signed the group.

Their debut album, Train was released in 1998 with the hit “Meet Virginia.” Three years later Drops of Jupiter was released, and the band’s popularity surged. The lead single in that album, “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” was an international hit, winning two Grammy Awards in 2002. The album went on to be certified double platinum, and is their best selling album to date.

Platinum-certified album, My Private Nation followed in 2003, and the hit single “Calling All Angels” capture high air play. Following their fourth album, the band went on a three-year hiatus, with Patrick Monahan pursuing a solo career.

After much soul searching, the group got back together, and their album Save Me, San Francisco produced three popular singles, “Hey, Soul Sister” (RIAA five time multi-platinum certified song, #3 on the Billboard charts), “If It’s Love” and “Marry Me” (both #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart). The album is certified gold, and near the platinum status.

On February 7, Train announced the title of their soon-to-be released album on their Facebook page. California 37 will be released on April 17, 2012. For further information, visit their official website at

Mat Kearney, a Eugene, Oregon native, is known for his unmistakable voice and vibrant writing style, capturing the attention of artists like John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, who invited him on tours.

He has received critical acclaim for the title track and first single, “Nothing Left to Lose” from his second album of the same name. The song peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and sold over 500,000 copies and won numerous BMI awards.

Kearney’s music has been heard on both television shows (30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Scrubs, and more), as well as in films like Soul Surfer and Catch and Release. He has been a regular on the talk show circuit, having appeared on Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Carson Daly numerous times.

In the four albums he has recorded, Kearney had four Top 20 hits on the Adult Top 40 chart. His latest album, Young Love was released last August, and the first single, “Hey Mama” released last May. The 2006 GMA Dove Awards in the Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song of the Year category went to Mat Kearney for “Trainwreck.” For further information, visit:

The “2011 Artists to Watch” on the Billboard chart included the name, Andy Grammer, and that catapulted the singer, songwriter and musician to another status in the entertainment industry. He has shared the stage with Taylor Swift, and was the first male pop star since 2003 to reach the Top 5 at Adult Pop Radio on his first single, “Keep Your Head Up,” which is now a certified Gold record, quickly approaching Platinum status.

His follow-up single which continues to gain attention is, “Fine By Me.” Grammer starts his first headlining tour this spring with Gavin Degraw and Colbie Caillat.

Grammer grew up in a musical household, with his father, Red Grammer a Grammy-nominated children’s performer. He’d join his father and sing with him, and got to the point where he wanted more and more lines. He was hooked.

Known for his vibrant pop/rock/soul mix, he got his start in the business as a street performer in Santa Monica, California. Grammer used his car battery-powered amplifier and acoustic guitar to perform, managing to sing his way from the streets to the center of the music industry. For further information, visit:

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